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Rochester Police Locust Club on push for police residency requirement

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: August 31, 2020 06:57 PM
Created: August 31, 2020 06:53 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Mayor Lovely Warren's announcement about possibly requiring newly hired Rochester Police Officers to live within city limits isn't going over well with the City's police union.

Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo says there has been no communication between the union he represents, and city leaders.

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Mazzeo says he's frustrated, annoyed, and disappointed when it comes to the lack of conversation, and the ability to collectively work together.

Many years ago just like in Rochester both Syracuse and Buffalo also had similar residency requirements, but those requirements changed for different reasons. A couple he pointed out included new hires already living in school districts where their children attend, or they simply cannot afford housing in the city on what the earn just after joining the force.

Mazzeo says residency requirements were discussed during the collective bargaining process. He also points out the department already has a recruitment, and retention problem.

"To put another requirement that will affect the ability to get people on our streets to do the job they're supposed to do, I don't know how we're going to do it quite frankly," Mazzeo said.

This year alone there were almost 900 applicants for the city police test. Mazzeo only 224 of those applicants were city residents.


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